Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It's Coming...

There’s something coming… {Insert Jaws music here}

It’s the big thing you've all been waiting for… {Insert summer blockbuster music}

And it’s all for *you!!* {Insert cheesy game show music}

With the educationalism of a show with puppets, and accessibility that may make many “How to Draw” books hang their heads in shame… {Insert “Learning is Fun!” music)

And all with the aim of making *you* feel like you don't need to have a cape (or be like someone else) to be a hero.  And this is exactly the real-life applicable guide you need to do it! ;)

What we used to attempt to cover in our Personalized Personality PDFs has now had an extreme makeover (I never watched that show, did it have music?) and has now been transformed into our insanely longer, incomparably more in-depth Cognitive Orientation Guidebooks or COGs (Spoiler alert: we tried for the cool acronym ;D) -- 16 distinctive eBooks with more info than ever before on the following:

-  E vs. I
-  P vs. J
-  First and Last letter combinations
-  N vs. S
-  F vs. T
-  Middle Letter combinations
-  Each type’s unique Cognition Steps
-  Type Specializations
-  Type Angsts (including all *8* that haven’t been released yet!!)
-  Paradoxitype

All in an easy to understand, this-leads-to-that format :D  Are you excited yet?  I hope so!!  It’s been such a labor of love… for you guys! <3  We're so proud to be *about* to release our babies into the world!!  Soon.  So soon!  I’m not kidding, all the words are done (160,000 of them :-O), I just have some pictures to finish!

Just to get you a little more stoked, here’s the first two pages of INFP – The Ranger:
So get ready, and before you know it… {Insert creepy little girl whispering “It’s here!”}

Much love,
<3 Calise and Justin, her INFJ

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Alphanumeric Typing: Intro

Update - April 2, 2015:  I'm adding a needed disclaimer that this article was posted for April Fools' Day, 2015.  It is an intended parody of the all-too-common pseudoscience found in the field of personality typing.  Though I worked hard to make it dry, I honestly thought everyone would be able to tell it was a joke by how over the top it was, but I think it drives my point home that much harder that *many* people took it seriously.  These are attitudes found throughout psychology.  They're dangerous, horrendously abusive to individuals' sense of self-worth, let alone blatantly unscientific.  I'm sorry if my attempt to roll my eyes came far too close to the truth. (But we really are writing the Modular Personalized Typings and Cognition: The Super Simple Version!  That was legit ;)) ~
<3 Calise

Hi everyone!  I'm super excited for what I have to share with you today, even though as we've been hard at work on the Modular Personalized Typings (which, as with pretty much everything on aLBoP, are turning out way more in-depth, long and detailed than previously expected ;)), and so I only have time to give you a brief intro to Alphanumeric Typing, which is sure to require many posts in the future!  As you guys know, here on aLBoP we're always looking for new ways to understand the human mind, as well as listening to you in order to find new ways to help you understand yourself and everyone around you!  Alphanumeric Typing is no different, and I think you'll appreciate its elegance and simplicity that anyone can understand!

One complaint we hear a lot on aLBoP is that the letters are too confusing.  Though we've tried to simplify this problem with posts like What Do All These Letters Mean Anyway?, The Cognition Process in Stick Figures and Cognition: The Super Simple Version (that I am currently writing), there are still issues with reading comprehension or complaints of TL;DR (Too long; didn't read).  To help this problem, we (my INFJ and I) have come up with an easy Alphanumeric system since, let’s face it, numbers are easier to understand than letters.

Innovative Alphanumeric System!

Now this part couldn't be easier; it’s amazing how formulaic the human mind can really be.  Each letter has a simple number value, based solely on its position in the English alphabet, so this method is open to anyone who knows the alphabet!  Imagine the world opened to kindergarteners and adults alike!  In case you hadn't already guessed, this is based on a straightforward system of A=1, B=2, etc., as follows:

·         E = 5
·         I = 9
·         N = 14
·         S = 19
·         T = 20
·         F = 6
·         P = 16
·         J = 10

As the order of the alphabet is very important and not at all arbitrary, we can see how this shows the significance and worth of each letter in isolation.

Therefore T (Thinking) is the most valuable personality variable, followed closely by S (Sensing).  This should really be a given anyway, as everyone seems to already know those personality traits are more important anyway! :)

More surprisingly though, as it is more often taken for granted, is the value of P (Perceiving), as the alphabet clearly states its worth over J (Judging), but perhaps this is an archaic holdover as J was the last letter added to the alphabet, it may have formerly been given more credence than it deserved.

It should be pointed out that in this system, discrepancy of letters accounts for more value than the letter’s value on its own.  For example, E (Extraversion) is worth the least at 5, but since its opposite, I (Introversion), is only worth 9, Extraversion is only slightly less worthwhile.  However F (Feeling) has the highest discrepancy, with T = 20 being worth 14 more than F = 6.  Therefore Feeling is obviously the least valuable personality variable.

Alphanumeric Combinations

When we bring together these combinations of letters, we can now understand the individual types in a way we never could before; by ranking them each numerically!

I thought the types might simply be ranked alphabetically, but the brilliance of this system, with each letter having an individual value, is that it gets rid of the old conventions of left-to-right thinking and takes each letter according to its own merit.

·         ISTP = 64
·         ESTP = 60
·         INTP = 59
·         ISTJ = 58
·         ENTP = 55
·         ESTJ = 54
·         INTJ = 53
·         ISFP = 50
·         ENTJ = 49
·         ESFP = 46
·         INFP = 45
·         ISFJ = 44
·         ENFP = 41
·         ESFJ = 40
·         INFJ = 39
·         ENFJ = 35

From this we see that ISTP is the best, but honestly, didn't we already know that?

As this demonstrates, scientifically, in general terms Feelers are of less worth than Thinkers, with the rare exception of ENTJ, who seems to have gotten the short end of the Thinking gene stick, coming even below one of the Feeling types.  But don't worry, we still need the Feelers for things like taking care of puppies and being walked over like doormats!

On a personal note, I think I should point out that I am okay being the fifth from the top.  After all, not everyone can be the best. ;)

I hope this has been a helpful peek at exciting things to come!  This is just a glimpse of what typing systems like Alphanumeric Typing can do for you!  Oh, and if you’re new to the site, or just reading this after the first of April, you may want to check out Type Specializations:What Makes My Type Special? for a little different look at the value of different people and different types of cognition :)

Much love,

<3 Calise

Friday, February 20, 2015

Thank You Video: Beyonce Cover ...and Interpretive Dance

Finally!  The first of many "Thank you!" videos!!!  This one was as requested by the lovely Anh... except I sing and lose my voice and Justin... busts a move...  Please enjoy and please believe I can sing better than this!

If you'd like to have us do something embarrassing of *your* choice, go here to learn more :D

For more aLBoP Amore Month, keep watching here!
<3 Calise + Justin, her INFJ

Friday, February 06, 2015

aLBoP Amore Month and What's to Come

Happy February, beloved aLBoP readers!  In honor of the month of *luve* my INFJ and I want to take this month to celebrate how much we love you guys and how much love you've shown for us!  D’aww!!

A Little Bit of Personality is almost two years old and I'm constantly overwhelmed at how giving, loving and intelligent you guys are!  You're always there showing us your support through both your words and actions.  You've been incredibly patient, even when things haven't always gone as we’ve expected, or when trying to explain things in a brand new way is a little harder than anticipated ;)  Your questions are remarkable, thought-out and unexpected, so often giving me posts upon posts of information I'm bursting to give you! (Once again, patience is always appreciated ;))

And so many of you have made the extra effort to not only be readers and fans, but to be true friends; not just caring about the info we can provide you, but caring about us as individuals.  It’s incredible!  And I know, super mushy. :D  (Cue the “Aw, Mom!  Gross! Can we go and play now?” kind of faces.)

Anyhue, in honor of how awesome you guys are, we've decided to use February to celebrate that awesomeness in a myriad of ways.

1) Thank You Videos!
We are *finally* going to make and release all the ridiculous videos that aLBoP supporters have creatively (and with evil laughs) suggested!  They are sure to be comfort zone razing, but crazy fun nonetheless ;)

2) Catching Up on “Love for aLBoP” Orders
In February I will also be attempting to get *all* caught up on giving out everyone’s digital Thank You gifts, including Thank You emails, wallpapers, and personalized stick figures I haven't yet given to the generous parties!  I feel soooo bad that it’s taken me this long!

You'd think from helping other people with the way they think, by now I'd know that apologizing too profusely doesn't really help anyone.  Instead I will merely say “Thank you” again, for being so patient.

{Bonus: As it happens, I've found saying “Thank you” rather than “I'm sorry” tends to be more effective in many situations, as apologizing tends to make both the wronged party and the mistaken party feel resented, while gratitude makes both feel appreciated instead.}

3) The Fan Love/Lurve Page
Also long promised, the “Fan Lurve” page will be a compilation of wonderful things fans of aLBoP have done and said!  I still can't decide if “Lurve” is too silly or confusing, so please chime in and let me know if you like Love or Lurve better! :)

For months I've been collecting quotes of the sweet and beloved things you've said about aLBoP and how it’s helped you in your life.  Throughout February I'll be asking you if it’s okay to use quotes from your individual emails, as testimonials about how much you love aLBoP :D  Though I figure as long as you posted a comment publically it’s okay to use (though you're always welcome to request your quote be removed ;) ), if it was private, like in an email or Facebook message, I’ll definitely get permission first!{Edit 3-3-15: LIES!!!  Actually, my INFJ came up with pages upon pages of wonderful quotes from your emails, and I simply wouldn't be able to catch up the way I need to if I emailed each of you for permission!  I'm being careful not to post anything too personal and feel free to request your quote be removed or made anonymous!}  Though of course you could help me by either giving me permission, or specifically sending in a brief aLBoP testimonial, if you want! :D  Obviously that would cut down on the already daunting email load I’ll have for this project ;)

Also, pictures!!!  You know I love pictures! ;)  We've received a couple pieces of *incredible* fan art which were sent to us completely unsolicited!  I honestly never even thought to ask because I didn't really think of what we do as being a fan-art-worthy endeavor!  lol  And yet the ones we've received have been so beautifully thought-out and inspiring that I get a giant lump in my throat every time I think of them (and not just because I have a sore throat atm :P).  We also have some awesome fan photos, including people wearing their “Keep Calm and Be Yourself” t-shirts and a few readers decked out in Halloween costumes by type.

Pleeeeease!!!  I’m not above a little beseeching ;)  Show us your beautiful art and your lovely faces!  They'll make me super happy, as well as bringing color and interest to the Fan Love page, as long as you're cool with me sharing.

This page is also where the “Friends of aLBoP” sections will list the names or pseudonyms of people who have supported aLBoP!  Yay!!!

Oh, and please let me know how you want to be credited, for testimonials, pics, donations, videos etc!  I've found this to both be a remarkably important problem and surprisingly forgotten thing to mention, with aLBoP in general.  Some people want to have their full names, websites, pictures, etc., while others don't even want a pseudonym.  I really understand both ends of the spectrum and in between, but I never know which should be my default assumption.  As general principles, if it’s something sensitive, like a personal question from an email, “he” or “she” might be the most I'll mention.  If it’s not very private, like a cool general question or a quote from something you said publicly, I lean toward your first name and last initial, or whatever you signed your signature with.  But honestly, people are so lovely and diverse that I usually don’t know what the heck to do and it would be nice if you just told me! :D  /love rant done.

4) A “Fan Stats” Video
This one isn't super important, but I thought it'd be fun.  So long as we're not too swamped trying to finish all the “Thank you” videos (I know sometimes I put it in quotes and sometimes I don’t.  :P  I defy you and your grammar!), we'll do a video talking about reader stats like the top ten countries aLBoP readers are from, what browsers they use and some of my favorite random search keywords!  Okay, that sounded cooler in my head (are you surprised I'm a nerd?), but we'll also talk about trends we've noticed about what types tend to frequent the site the most, who speaks up in comments vs. who would rather email, and which types we wish we saw on aLBoP more because they're way underrepresented!  (btw, Internet Explorer is waay far down on the list, which makes me so proud <3!)

What Comes Next?
What comes after all of this blatant fan fawning?  Well, that’s the thing; the whole point of aLBoP Amore Month is not simply to kiss your little feet, but to catch up, *especially* on the aLBoP Shop before the release of the long-long-long-awaited Modular Personalized Typings!  When we're finished with aLBoP Amore (and maybe somewhat concurrently), we'll be finalizing each of the sixteen modular pdfs, in their trademark aLBoP thoroughness, including the release of the remaining Type Angsts so that they can be referenced and applied to each type <3  We've also brilliantly (if I do say so myself) come up with even more ways to release them to you with greater haste and volume so no one has to be left out if they want help determining their own personality :D  Yay!!!

Also, be thinking about what kinds of rewards you’d like to see on aLBoP's Patreon page, which will most likely be coming in March (with rewards in April)!  We want to know what would excite you guys, especially on a personal-rewards basis, and we're super excited for the group-funded tiers to bring you things like a certain number of guaranteed posts a month, more requested content like Q&As and Character Spotlights, and use it as an opportunity to bring you everyone’s favorite, Type Heroes, more quickly!  This way you guys get the content you want and we're able to produce it and still have groceries!  Win-win!  All joking aside, you guys have been amazingly generous and we'd still be doing this even if you couldn't support aLBoP at all… but the pace might have to be glacial.

Which, in a way, I think is a great segue into the next soon-to-come on aLBoP :)  Actively for months, and in the back of our minds since before aLBoP’s inception, we've been working on a new, completely free, by self-invite only (meaning you need an invitation, but anyone can ask for one), advanced-user section of aLBoP.  We're going to call it aLBoP: Phase 2 (yes, as a call-back to Avengers, because *Avengers!*)  and it'll be for the people who want more of the kind of content aLBoP has always offered, who are ready to apply even more awesomeness to their own lives, and who honestly want something new and archetypal to open new horizons to them.  It'll also be a place for awesome people to get together, make friends and digitally hang out on the Official ™ aLBoP Forum!  Yay!!!  Many much yay!

While Phase 2 stuff won't be anything secret, and we hope to lay it out in a format that anyone can understand, we want a little bit of a moat so that Phase 2 won’t be the kind of thing that people come from Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr or Facebook, skim a post, leave a stupid comment, and leave.  While most our readers are fantastic, intelligent, thorough and caring, we do still get the occasional “Seriously?  I literally just answered that *in* that post!  Five times!!  In bold!!!” type readers and comments here in “Phase 1”, which are the kind of thing we want to avoid in Phase 2 with the kind of in-depth content we want to give you :D

In short...
We are insanely excited about celebrating *you*, our readers and how totally awesome, amazing and rad you are!!  February should be a really fun month but, even more exciting, it's a promise of things to come.  Because we love you <3 and we want 2015 to be a banner year for you becoming who you truly want to be!

Much love,
<3 Calise + Justin, her INFJ

Stay tuned!  Throughout aLBoP Amore Month content will be linked here:
Thank You Video: Beyonce Cover ...and Interpretive Dance
Fan Love!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Facial Typing Preview

First peek at facial typing as demonstrated by A Little Bit of Personality. So much more to come! Happy 2015!!

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